Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wine Time

The Women's Club I belong to met tonight at our house.     We always have a business meeting and sometimes we have a program.    I always volunteer to be hostess for we love having company at Linderhof.    As we've done before when we met here, Husband Jim was the program.     And the subject . . .

A wine tasting!    Husband Jim has done wine tastings for 20 years and he makes them both fun and informative.     With a varied group of women coming to the tasting, the wine should be varied as well!

The perfect place in Spring for a wine tasting?

The patio.    Husband Jim spent all afternoon, making sure the patio was spotless, arranging tables and chairs and putting tablecloths on the tables as well.

The baker's rack was the perfect place for the wine glasses

And "the bar" held tubs of chilled wine.

But you can't sample wine without eating and my capable co-hostesses, Sharon and Jane, help provide a lavish spread.

Which was served from the breakfast room table.    Twenty or so years ago, I bought 50 of the little glass plates -- they have served me well over the years and they've saved me thousands (well, perhaps hundreds) of dollars and they go through the dishwasher!

My contribution to the feast?

White chocolate dipped strawberries . . .

Greek Salsa . . .

Brie in puff pastry -- decorated with a wine glass.

The ladies and husband Jim as he explained one of the wines they were about to try.

The Greek Salsa came from Daughter Sarah.   It's an easy appetizer, so good and just that little bit different of a dish that everyone asks for the recipe.


6 large vine ripened tomatoes, diced
1 small red onion, diced
2 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled
1 small jar Kalamata olives, sliced
1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Corn chips

Mix all the ingredients except corn chips.    Serve at room temperature with corn chips for dipping.

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch and Kathleen at CuisineKathleen for Let's Dish.


Michelle said...

How relaxing to have a wine tasting in such a pretty garden! Thank you for always generously sharing your recipes!

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely spotfor a wine tasting!!! The patio is so inviting! Husband Jim did a magnificient job of preparation! The food, the cheese, the of all the company...a lovely Wine Time, indeed!!!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a beautiful area for your Wine Tasting party! All the food looked so good, too. The Greek Salsa sounds delicious.

xinex said...

What a great party! All that food looks so good and the wine too. The patio looks very inviting....Christine

podso said...

It looks like a lovely time on the patio. The food .. hmmm and I'm sure the wine was even better when being explained by your hubby. I don't often strawberries in white chocolate. The salsa looks great!

Rowan said...

I think I'd like to join your Ladies Group! It must have been a fun evening and those strawberries dipped in white chocolate - oh my!

Chubby Chieque said...

This is a sweet gesture to invite friends and have a great time, mingling. You are so nice.

Looks you guys, had a great time.

Happy TS,

Anonymous said...

I want to come, and I'll even bring another bottle of wine. Everything looks terrific.

Barbara said...

The food looks divine! I just finished lunch and I sure would love to reach through the screen for one of your strawberries. Beautiful outdoor setting. I am sure everyone enjoyed every minute.

Kathleen said...

I don't drink, but I would sure enjoy that wonderful lunch!
Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!
Mother's Day Challenge this Wed at 7! :)

Alycia Nichols said...

This looks wonderful!!! What a great way to spend some time with your friends! I think it's so sweet that your husband was so into the whole experience. As a veteran of conducting wine tastings, I'm sure he felt right at ease! I have 4 of those cute wine butlers. They're great, aren't they? They present the wines in such a fun way! The food all looks fantastic!!!!!!!!!

Dianne said...

This looks like a wonderful get together. I love wine tastings and your garden is the prefect setting. Your friends prepared quite the spread when it comes to the food too. Dianne